Second Year Experience

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Ready for the Next Level!

Welcome to the Second Year Experience (SYE) program! It's all about providing the support students need to thrive during their second year of college. Whether it's through exciting events, academic coaching, career advice, or leadership opportunities, the SYE program is here to help students grow personally and professionally. The goal is to ensure that students have everything they need to succeed on campus and beyond.

So join us, and let's make your second year unforgettable!

Our Mission

We are committed to ensuring that at promise students are given the useful resources they need to better cement their success on and off campus.

  • Transformational Leadership Program - Leadership skills development for second-year students. Get connected to experiences such as internships, study abroad, undergraduate research, experiential learning, and diversity/global learning. All students in this program will receive a faculty mentor known as a Faculty Fellow. Click here to apply.
  • Experiential Learning - Learn about career interests and opportunities through experiencing them first-hand. Internships, job shadowing, and the Second Year Career Trek are ways to get connected to your future career.
  • Academic Coaching - A great way to get started picking what path a student wishes to walk.
  • Center for Academic Excellence - An amplified learning center offering tutoring and a variety of other free services to help USA students succeed. 
  • AATS at the Meet the Majors Tailgate.
  • Group of students in Second Year Experience holding up J sign for Jaguars.
  • Students at tables in Student Center listening to instructor.
  • Meet the Majors Day with tents set up outside the Student Center.
  • Classroom of students with instructor at front with a screen,
  • SYE staff
  • Booths set up hallway with instructor up front.



▼   Students

The Second Year Experience's Transformational Leadership Program is now taking students for the Fall 2024 semester. Please fill out the interest form to see if you qualify!

Helpful Resources:

▼   Faculty Fellows

The Transformational Leadership Program is a leadership and skills development program for second-year students, with a special focus on students who identify as first-generation, have unmet financial needs, and/or are a member of a minoritized group in higher education, which supports strategic efforts to close equity gaps and graduate more students. This position requires the Faculty to dedicate 10-12 hours per semester to the guidance and development of the students within the program. Each Faculty Fellow will be a part of a nine month (August-May) Faculty Learning Community hosted by USA's Innovation in Learning Center to maximize their ability to assist the students.

Responsibilities of the Faculty Fellow include:

  • Active participation in the ILC SYE Faculty Learning Community
  • Building a productive and trusting mentor/mentee relationship with up to five students
  • Helping students develop SMART goals and action plans for their second year
  • Provide insight on various scholarships, work-study, and internship opportunities as well as appropriate university resources that benefit student growth
  • Collaborate with professional staff to provide accurate and relevant information
  • Submission of end-of-semester reporting documentation through the ILC SYE Faculty Learning Community

Nominate a Faculty Member

▼   Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Second Year Experience? For many of us, the second year of university can be difficult. To help with this, Second Year Experience (SYE) was created to aid in the success of second year students here at South. SYE offers aid to students in the form of the Transformational Leadership Program (TLP), Academic Coaching, career readiness, and faculty mentoring.

What is the Transformational Leadership Program (TLP)?  This is a program for second year students to help with leadership development. In this program, students are called Second Year Scholars and will be matched with a Faculty Fellow who will help guide and support them through their academic journey. 

What is a Faculty Fellow? A Faculty Fellow is a faculty member here at South that provides specialized mentorship to second year students in the Transformational Leadership Program (TLP). They provide support and guidance through the potential challenges of the second year. 

What time commitments should be made for this program? Generally, the time commitment is up to three hours per month, but there are optional opportunities such as the Career Trek that may require more time. 

How do I join the Transformational Leadership Program (TLP)? Contact us at or sign up here.

How do I know if I qualify for the TLP? Students who qualify for this program are usually First Generation College Students, have an unmet financial need, or are traditionally underrepresented in higher education.

Why should I join the TLP? The TLP provides students with the necessary help to have an enriching academic experience and build skills that will help to land that big internship opportunity! Previous Second Year Scholars have said: “Being in the Transformational Leadership Program was very impactful. It gave me chances to meet new people, learn new things about myself, and prepare for my future career.” Come find out how you can have a transformational second year here at South!

How much does this program cost to be a part of? Absolutely nothing! No catch! No cost!

What is the SYE Career Trek? SYE works with Career Development to plan a multi-day trip for Second Year Scholars in the TLP to network with our nation’s top employers. This usually happens in May of each academic year. 

What fun things are there to look forward to in the second year? We have several events that you simply cannot miss such as the SYE Open House during the Week of Welcome, Transformational Tuesdays, Meet the Majors Academic Tailgate, Second Year Showcase, Halfway to Graduation, and so much more! Follow us on Instagram @usasecondyear for further details. 



Our Team is on Your Team

Kristi Clayton

Kristi Clayton

Activity Director, Second Year Experience

Assistant Director, Student Academic Success

(251) 460-7074   

Autumn Courtney

Autumn Courtney

Coordinator, Second Year Experience


(251) 341-4065          

cassie beth gannaway

Cassie Beth Gannaway

Coordinator, Second Year Experience - Experiential Learning

You can find me in: Career Development

(251) 460-6188        



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Academic Advisor I                                                                                         

You can find me in: Academic Advising and Transfer Services (AATS)

(251) 341-4017

Graduate Assistant Annie MasciaAnnie Mascia

SYE Graduate Assistant